Friday, July 28, 2017

Mayor Weaver and the Flint City Council must place a moratorium on punitive actions against houses experiencing bad water.

It has come to my attention there are egregious issues facing Flint residents with continued water problems. Some residents don't use the city water at all and are facing difficultly because of it. 

There are city ordinances that consider a house without running water condemned. Additionally, for some parents that use only bottled water, that is considered reason enough for the Genesee County Social Services to remove their children to Foster Care. Those two problems should not exist for the city of Flint. 

Flint currently has the most expensive water in the country. It is situated next to the Great Lakes and one would expect the cheapest, but, that is not the case. As a result of the contaminated water, the residents of Flint face high water bills as well as buying bottled water.

Some people want to literally shut off the water to the home and use only bottled water. This serves two purposes; household members only look for bottled water to drink and bath and avoids any contact of contaminated water. The other issue is financial, by turning off the water, the residents can catch up on their existing bill without increasing it over the summer time.

I don't see bottled water for toilets, but, it may be healthier to do so considering the odor of the Flint water and what is making it smell. Lungs may need protection as well as skin and ultimately brains and nervous tissue.

Mayor Weaver and the Flint City Council need to pass a local law prohibiting condemnation of homes and/or the removal of children when it is directly related to the water crisis. i would also like to see a common place where residents can register their understanding of their reality in a continuous physical file and optional data base. It would bring about an understanding of how each family is effected, even if not within the 'bad water' zone.

There are Flint residents outside the supposed 'bad water' zone that are experiencing health issues. They would like to register their health issues as they believe it is connected to tainted water even if it is a leak.

July 5, 2017
By Bernie Monegain

The Department of Health and Human Services (click here) has earmarked $15 million in funding for Michigan’s Genesee County Healthy Start Program to provide health and social services for women, infants, and their families who have had or are at risk for, lead exposure in Flint, Michigan, and the surrounding area.

“The Trump Administration is taking important steps to support the residents of Flint, Michigan, as the need for vital resources remains critical to the health of their community,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD. “We understand the urgency of the situation, and this funding will help connect affected and at-risk Flint residents to comprehensive health and social services proven to mitigate the effects of lead exposure.”...

It always seems to me North Korea is blissfully unaware of the dangers of a missle strike on North Korea.

As of 2008, North Korea had a population of over 24 million people with a life expectancy of 68 years old. A quarter of it's population is young age birth to 14 years old.

The United Nations needs to provide advisers to North Korea explaining the danger of raising tensions with their neighbors and other countries. North Korea and South Korea are in a danger zone one has to worry about. There will be dangers on the Peninsula should there ever be a nuclear strike. It is not just the matter of damage by the bomb, but, the sustained problems such a weapon has on people and their environment.

It would be far better for North Korea to establish diplomatic relationships with their neighbors and work on human rights as well as trade. The quality of life of the South Korean people would increase dramatically if North Korea would find a diplomatic process that worked so it can remove the current priority of nuclear proliferation.

It would be interesting to have a visiting North Korean basketball team. North Korea has both a woman's and men's professional team.

July 28, 2017

North Korea (click here) has launched "one unidentified missile" from its northern Jagang province, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced in a statement. The Pentagon confirmed to NPR that it has also identified a missile launch from the North.

Citing the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, The Associated Press reports the missile "flew for about 45 minutes and appeared to have landed in the waters of Japan's exclusive economic zone."

There have been no immediate reports of damage, and it was not immediately clear what type of missile the North was testing.

The missile launch follows a string of tests by the North Korean regime this year, the most recent of which came earlier this month. That test marked a milestone for Pyongyang: a successful intercontinental missile launch....